From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 23

Sarah and I spent the summer before she went off to college sniping at each other. My friend, Pat, remembered the weeks before her daughter left home.

“We fought all summer long. I think it was our way of getting used to the idea of living apart. When you’re arguing all the time, you don’t feel so bad about her leaving.”

On moving day, we helped her unpack and store her belongings in the dorm room. After lunch, we said goodbye, hugged at the curb, and then Chuck and I drove away.

Two days later I walked by her bedroom. Suddenly, it dawned on me: She’s gone, and nothing would ever be the same. I wanted to call her, but Chuck said we should give her a week to settle in.

After dinner the phone rang. “Hi, Mom,” Sarah said. “Could you send me a few things?”

She wanted her teddy bear, a photo of her father and me—and one of her younger brother. She loved being at school, but she missed us, too. And then she started telling me about her day, her classes, her teachers, her friends, the boys she liked, the boys who liked her. . . .

Beth Copeland Vargo

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